woods bagot: KIOSC green school in victoria, australia
woods bagot: KIOSC green school in victoria, australia woods bagot: KIOSC green school in victoria, australia
feb 23, 2013

woods bagot: KIOSC green school in victoria, australia

‘knox innovation, opportunity, and sustainability centre’ by woods bagot architects, victoria, australia

all images courtesy of woods bagot



international firm woods bagot have received acclaim for their design of the knox innovation, opportunity, and sustainability centre (KIOSC) in melbourne, australia. while the sustainability training center is part of a consortium of schools, the design is part of a specific effort to integrate eco-friendly construction methods in accord with the environmentally responsible ‘technical and further education’ (TAFE) curriculum taught inside the classroom. located in swinburne university of technology’s melbourne campus, students from the city of knox in grade 7 through 10 can attend presentations, visit the discovery center, replete with technology and laboratories, as well as take lessons in ancillary learning spaces. a green gradient of vertical louvers distinguishes the facade while providing a passive cooling system and allowing the passage of light in the double height space. the expansive glazing defines concepts of reflection and refraction and works in conjunction with strategic siting and building orientation. the training center uses its very architecture as an educational tool by carefully integrating color, materials, form and technology to create an engaging learning environment that illustrates the environmental role of buildings.



the undulating green metal louvers protect the building from solar heat gain



the building is oriented for optimal passive lighting



students in grade 7 through 10 can attend the discovery center and learn about sustainable technologies



the ground level creates a hollow for stepped outdoor seating



the terraced courtyard is a welcoming public space



(left): students sit in the outdoor space by the entrance ramp (right): a detail of the louvers



the ramped entrance affords views of the crank-like louvers



the school provides students with practical skills, industry links and opportunities to interact with sustainable technologies



sustainable materials are used in the inner fabric of the structure as well



natural light illuminates the hall



students in one of the simulation classrooms



color and function are expertly employed in the facade



at night the louvers still gleam with interior light



the colorful louvered facade takes on new dimensions at night



rendering of the entrance



walkway and courtyard



terraced courtyard



ground plan



floor plan level 1




  • Beautiful project!!

    SKYWORLD says:
  • Not clear about how the undulating vertical louver design is derived. Seems more of a artistic expression than functional response, but I could be wrong. This work seems to fit well into the setting. Very nice.

    mArkW says:
  • great work…
    Hugo CUNHA + Manuela santos architects

    HUGO DA CUNHA says:

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